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Local/Live: October 14 – Aluar Pearls (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

The Aluar Pearls are a nine-piece, full of soul-explosive Afro-beat and Creole sounds from the gritty heart of Milwaukee. The Aluar Pearls were formed in mid-2013 by Bryan Rogers and Matthew Wilson, musical collaborators for more than a decade, as a songwriting outlet to explore a shared love of West African Highlife music and Afro-beat…. Read more »

Local/Live: October 7 – Stacian

STACIAN is the minimal synth project of Milwaukee native Dania Luck.  Employing a barrage of analog and digital drum machines and synthesizers, STACIAN could be described as cold wave, synthpop or, more simply, dark electronic dance music.   Influences lay within the spheres of post-punk, industrial, no-wave, kraut rock, 80’s style synth pop, and experimental… Read more »

Local/Live: September 30 – Castle Thunder

Castle Thunder is the brainchild of Milwaukee songwriter Cory Gorman. The now-quintet has been subject to several comings and goings of bandmates though out its career; the current line up, and best to date, displays heft of maturity and a more refined soundscape. Filling out the line up is Ryan Rupprecht on keys, Evan McAllister… Read more »

Local/Live: September 23 – Joseph Huber

“Singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Joseph Huber is a founding member of, and also had spent 6 years of playing banjo and heavy touring with the Milwaukee, Wisconsin “streetgrass” group, the .357 String Band — a group that, despite it’s abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity, is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent… Read more »

WMSE’s 5th Annual Backyard BBQ News!

Dearest WMSE listeners and supporters, It’s like we can almost taste the BBQ in the air here at the Mighty 91…those sweet tunes will also soon be wafting into our ears like the smell of BBQ in our nostrils. WMSE is very much looking forward to you joining us at Cathedral Square Park tomorrow afternoon… Read more »

Local/Live: September 9- Ramma Lamma (live at Todd Wehr Conference Center)

Ramma Lamma is a Milwaukee Rock n Roll supergroup consisting of members of Bleed, The Chinese Telephones, The Flips and The Kill-a-watts. They have been around a few years now. They have a fantastic new album out called Ice Cream. It’s a rock n roll party record with various styles of 1970’s Rock n Roll… Read more »

Local/Live: September 2 — Heavy Hand

Since the summer of 2011, Heavy Hand has been playing post-noise pop in the vein of bands like The Thermals, The Minutemen and Sebadoh. Their debut EP Confusion is Body Parts is out now (digital). Heavy Hand’s short, punchy songs cover satirical themes of wildlife, karate movies, wizards, American Pride (but not white power), sprinkled… Read more »

Local/Live: August 26 – Light Music

Light Music is an electronic rock band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Exploring a grand scope of influences from classical nocturnes, to psychedelic­ pop, to euro­house, Light Music crafts rock opuses underscored with poly­rhythmic beats, fierce guitars, spacious synthesizers, each song effervescing to a unique destination. Tune into WMSE to hear live songs from the band’s forthcoming… Read more »

Local/Live: August 19 – The Midwestern Charm

You think everything’s good, everything’s fine…and then you wake up the next day and you’re on fire. The Midwestern Charm are experts at those sharp, lovable pop tunes drenched in feedback and found in the basement with a fifth of Jack. Influenced in equal parts pinball machines, the Lemonheads, pizza and the Replacements. Just add booze…. Read more »

Short and Sweet: WMSE Talks to Ed Schrader’s Music Beat

Ed Schrader’s Music Beat sounds like it could be a kids’ television program, but Ed Schrader unwittingly strips the upbeat title and associations of  typical kids fodder from his band’s music pretty naturally; leaving it plenty full of hang-all, punkish outbursts. Schrader (the namesake) and Devlin Rice create a bunch of racket with just a… Read more »

Local/Live: July 29 – Body Futures

Body Futures combine flawless pop sensibilities with full-speed-ahead rock dynamics, punctuated with insanely catchy choruses and utilizing unconventional instrumentation (effect-driven autoharp?) to produce a sound at once naggingly familiar and indefinable. Vocalist Dixie Jacobs (who doubles on the aforementioned autoharp and synthesizer) provides crystal-clear vocal melodies, offset by drummer D.J. Hostettler’s slightly more unhinged call-and-response… Read more »

Local/Live: July 22 – The Quiet Time Band

Milwaukee alternative rock trio The Quiet Time features Jordin Baas (vocals/guitar/synth) and John Doyle (drums/percussion) and JR Hendrickson (bass). The band formed in 2013, deriving from influences of punk to indie, blues and synth rock. Originally conceived as a two-piece, the group has added JR to expand on their sound. Follow: Facebook Listen: ReverbNation  … Read more »

Local/Live: July 8 – New Red Moons

The New Red Moons are an all-original, energetic rock trio who combine sparse, punchy instrumentals with soaring melodies and lush harmonies. Grabbing inspiration from 60s rock, old-timey folk and modern lo-fi, the New Red Moons have been building a fan-base in Milwaukee and the Midwest with five years of breathtaking performances and two full-length albums…. Read more »

Local/Live: July 1 – Apollo Vermouth

Apollo Vermouth was born from the somber remains of cloudy memories, personal psychedelics, and suburban decay – operating as a distant siren out of Milwaukee’s experimental underbelly. Her transmissions point skyward as allusive sonic memoirs, slowly floating back to the earth as testaments of a much larger context: hope, honesty, and love for those trapped… Read more »

Listen to an Interview with Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s Before They Play Milwaukee

Excited as we are to see the Old 97’s on their tour for Most Messed Up? To preview their Milwaukee tour date (this Sunday at Turner Hall Ballroom), Jonny Z had Rhett Miller call him up on WMSE’s Chicken Shack program this morning to chat about the album, his influences and even name-dropped Milwaukee band, Trapper Schoepp &… Read more »

Local/Live: June 24 – Lisa Ridgely & the Fainting Room

Lisa Ridgely, founder and leader of her Fainting Room crew, started performing as a solo singer-songwriter in 2009, and started her solo career collaborating with local musicians including Sigmund Snopek and Chris DeMay, among others. Her solo efforts grew into a full band in 2011 (Lisa Ridgely & The Fainting Room); an acoustic singer-songwriter meets Americana… Read more »

Local/Live: June 17 – M-Nat

M-Nat is a rapper/songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nat’s earliest musical experiences consisted of him playing instruments such as the trumpet and violin. Son of two Indian immigrants and socially reserved, Nat always had difficulties assimilating and fitting in at school. His parents operated a small convenience store in the inner city of Milwaukee and would… Read more »

On WMSE: The Shivvers

The Shivvers are one of Milwaukee’s most well-known and beloved bands, who left a lasting impression amidst the vibrancy of power pop at its height. Jill Kossoris, Jim Richardson, Mike Pyle, Jim Eannelli, Richie Bush, Scott Krueger and Breck Burns all made a name for themselves as the Shivvers in the late 70s and early… Read more »